We receive a lot of questions about our bus and why we’ve decided to live tiny, so we compiled a list of the most common ones. There’s a chance we might not have answered all your questions, so feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll add it to the list!
We bought our bus off of Craigslist from a company that maintains school buses for Sarasota County, Florida. The bus had been a spare bus for one of the schools in the district.
Our bus is a 1995 International Bluebird 65 passenger with a 444e engine and Allison automatic transmission.
We paid $4700 for our bus
Some main things we looked for when buying a bus was: the status of the engine, the amount of rust, and how the tires were.
Skoolie vs. THOW
We are by no means trashing the THOW community (we love them!) the Skoolie just better fit our lifestyle and plans.
We began our bus build in March of 2016 and moved into it in March of 2017.
We ended up spending about $28k total.
We have a detailed spreadsheet of our expenses. You can view it for free here.
The interior of the bus is about 200 sq ft. The length is 27′ and the width is 7.5′.
Yes! We have 2.1 kw of solar power, which powers everything in our home. We have a 110 gallon water tank. We have a Nature’s Head composting toilet, so we do not produce black water.
Our bus is registered as an RV in Florida and we have insurance through State Farm.
No we do not!
We have (6) 355 watt Hyundai Solar Panels, equaling 2,130 watts.
YES! We can power our Pioneer AC Unit Mini-Split 12,000 BTU 110 during the day and for a few hours at night. This is because of our massive solar setup.
We also can power our washer during the day. Everything else in our bus can run day or night!
Brittany runs a small Strategy and Design agency called Ascent Collective and Steven is a Registered Nurse.
We traveled full-time in 2018 from the beginning of May through the end of August. We decided to take a break from full-time travel and we’re now residing in Colorado, where we’re focusing on building our careers and becoming debt-free.
Brittany is an independent business owner specializing in Website Strategy and Design for Nonprofits and Small Businesses across the country. Her type of work allows her to work from anywhere.
Yes we do!